Student’s Corner

recycledart_4After the craziness of last week’s Energy Conservation week (all good craziness, we promise), this week of the ongoing Recyclemania competition was a much-needed calmer week. This was the sixth week of the competition and its theme was recycling–a subject we hope the UR Community has become experts on by this point. The recycling center tour tomorrow will bring the week to a close. With spring break on the horizon, it’s hard to believe that there are only three weeks of the competition remaining! To check up on our numbers, you can look at the UR’s Sustainability page for information on our weekly results to date, as well as our current standing in the competition.

Week seven of the competition will offer a clothing exchange on Thursday, March 7th in Hirst Lounge, as well a lunch-time information session on recycling contamination on Wednesday the 6th in Wilson Commons. During spring break, keep your fingers crossed for warm weather, so that the events of our 9th week will be as inviting as possible! The annual Mt. Trashmore event can be viewed on Wilson Quad all day of the 22nd as a visual display–or art piece, if you will–of the wastes from UR’s dining halls. I’m betting curiosity will get the best of you. The following day, Delta Upsilon is sponsoring the Riverside Trash Cleanup to help beautify campus grounds along the Genesee for the oncoming warm weather (we hope!).

Once we’ve cleaned up from our messy outdoor 9th week, the Recyclemania committee will be putting together a classier affair for the tenth week–our final week of the competition. We’ll be having an art exhibition at Sage entitled Re-Imagined, Re-Designed, Re-Created with a reception on the 25th. We’re looking for sustainability-themed art or art made from recycled materials–and that means from all of YOU: the UR community! Submissions are due on Monday, March 18th, directly following spring break. So don’t procrastinate–we want to see your pieces! You can find information on submitting work on our flyer, here. We’re accepting pieces of all forms of media–so don’t be shy. In fact, we are very lucky to be having Rochester artist Scott Grove–a connoisseur of art made from all kinds of reused and recycled materials–help juror the exhibition. Any inquiries or submissions can be sent to We look forward to hearing from you and collaborating with you on our final event of Recyclemania!

Written by Kathleen Shannon, Class of 2013